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Winter Damage to Asphalt Surfaces: What to Look For And What To Do

snow plow

Photo by Bobby Hidy via flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

It’s been one of the coldest, snowiest and stormiest winters in over a decade, and as the snow finally starts to melt, a lot of parking lot owners are seeing the unexpected consequences of winter damage on asphalt surfaces.

“Parking lot owners are already reeling from the added expense of extra snowplowing this year,” said AsphaltKingdom.com president Judson Burdon. “When the snow finally melts, there can be some expensive surprises waiting for them.”

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Judson Burdon Speaks To MBA Class About Starting Your Own Business

Speaking at the University of Utah's MBA Class

Speaking at the University of Utah’s MBA Class

I had the great pleasure to speak not once, but twice, this week at the University Of Utah’s MBA class about how to start your own business. Not only was it exciting to share with a room of students that being your own boss gives you the best job security in tough economic times, but it was also very exciting to see that the entrepreneurial spirit is very much alive and well in the West!

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Asphalt Art: AK’s Top 25 Asphalt Arts And Laughs

Because asphalt is my work and my passion, I love to look at the amazing asphalt art that is out there. From linestriping humor to bollard art to pothole filling, these artists have gone the extra pavement mile to make us laugh, ogle, think, and enjoy. Nothing brightens the day better than humor that tickles your work funny-bone. Here’s our top 25 Asphalt Arts And Laughs. Enjoy!

Piano keys - pavement art

Piano Keys Pavement Art

Wouldn’t this be the perfect parking lot crosswalk for a business with music lessons?

Pac-man Sidewalk Art

Pac-man Sidewalk Art

Or how about this pedestrian crossing for a gaming store?

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Spray Tip Sizes

How To Choose The Right Size For Sealcoating

When it comes to sealcoating spray tips, knowing which size to use can make the difference between a professional, profitable job and a messy, time-consuming one. With tips being the most often replaced part on your spray system, knowing which spray tip sizes you should have on hand is critical.

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Choosing spray tip sizes

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Asphalt Sealcoating System Tip: Losing Pressure at the Spray Tip

Have you suddenly lost pressure at the spray tip of your sealcoating machine? There are a few different reasons why this can happen.

Reason 1: Sealer Dilution

Losing Pressure at the Sealcoating Spray Tip?

Photo by Beth Kingery (flickr)

The first reason could be that the sealer is too thick:  it is not diluted enough with water. Sealer is sold as a concentrate, therefore all sealer must be diluted with 20 to 30% water dilution.  That means for every 100 gallons of concentrate, you need to add 20 to 30 gallons worth of water.

We always recommend that you add the water to the spray system tank prior to transferring sealer concentrate over to the tank. Mixing it thoroughly and making sure your sealer is diluted will allow you to have a sealer that is at a dilution level that can be sprayed with a spray system.

If you’re applying the sealer by hand with a squeegee or sealer brush dilution is not as necessary because it can be applied in a viscous state.

Reason 2: Blockage in the Sprayer

Sealcoating sprayer pipe blockedThe second reason why a sealer spray system may not be spraying is because the unit may have blockage down at the main suction pipe. The suction pipe connects to the very bottom of the tank and runs to the suction port of the pump.

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Water Evaporation in Sealcoating Tanks

Sealcoating tip about water evaporationDid you know that water evaporates from your sealcoat tank dropping the level of your sealer over time? As a sealcoater you should always use a dip stick and check the level of your sealer when you store your unit at the end of the day.

When you go to use your sealcoat machine again simply recheck the level of your sealer and refill (with water) it back to its original storage level. This will allow you to maintain the dilution rate of your sealer so it doesn’t get too thick and create pump/spraying issues and it will also increase your profits as you won’t be losing mixed product through evaporation.

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Avoid Asphalt Scams Simply And Easily: What You Need To Know

Avoid Asphalt Scams: Hire A Reputable Sealcoating Company

Avoid Asphalt Scams: Hire A Reputable Sealcoating Company

Every year the police issue warnings to avoid asphalt scams, and the newspapers publish the warning. Rarely do they actually give you any idea on how to hire a reputable driveway sealing company. Let us go over exactly how to be sure that you are hiring the right people to seal asphalt, and not being taken advantage of.

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How To Care For Sealcoating Machines

maintain sealcoating machinesSealcoating machines are your most important tool for caring for asphalt, so you must make time to maintain your sealcoating equipment to ensure it will continue to operate at the high standard you demand. As with any machinery, there are important parts that require maintenance, or you run the risk having to stop to repair or replace parts just when you need your seal coating machines the most: in the middle of a job.

When And Why Should You Empty The Sealer Tank?

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Asphalt Sealing: How To Do It Groupon-Style And Save Money

asphalt sealing groupon-styleAsphalt sealing is your best way to maintain your blacktop so it stays firm, intact, and water repellent for years to come. Why not do it Groupon-style and get the very best in quality and the very best in savings. Here are three different ways to pool your buying power with others to get your sealcoating done, while saving money. Plus, we show you some great group-forming ideas.

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Asphalt Maintenance: Your 5 Point Pre-Summer Checklist

Asphalt Maintenance

Asphalt Maintenance

Before the sticky-tar days of summer settle in, there are 5 items to check off on your asphalt maintenance list. Once the heat hits, you certainly will not want to be out there on the hot blacktop trying to get your asphalt repair done. Here is your 5 point pre-summer checklist, in order of doing, for your blacktop maintenance.

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